The Colorado Avalanche had three games postponed, starting with Friday’s matchup against Los Angeles and running through April 20, after a third Avalanche player was added to the COVID protocol list. Joonas Donskoi, Philipp Grubauer and Bowen Byram are currently unavailable because of COVID protocol. Pending further test results, Colorado could return to practice on Wednesday ahead of the team’s next scheduled game on April 22 versus St. Louis.
The Vancouver Canucks will return to action on Sunday following the team’s COVID protocol pause. It will be Vancouver’s first game since March 24 after an outbreak on the team infected 22 players and four staff members. The team had 19 players on the NHL's COVID protocol-related absence list, but they are down to just two now with Nate Schmidt and Jake Virtanen unavailable.
The NHL made alterations to the 2020-21 schedule, which were announced on Friday. The regular season was extended to May 19 for teams in the North Division.
CALGARY 1 MONTREAL 2
The Canadiens bounced back from Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to the Flames with a 2-1 victory on Friday night. Montreal snapped Calgary’s three-game win streak in the process.
Tyler Toffoli scored both goals for the Canadiens in the contest. He is up to 21 markers in 38 games.
Toffoli provided the game winner at the 15:45 mark of the third period.
Elias Lindholm scored the lone goal of the match for the Flames. His 12th of the season evened the score at 1-1 in the third frame.
Jacob Markstrom made 18 saves in the defeat.
Chris Tanev led all skaters with six blocks in the match.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS 0 BOSTON 3
The Bruins swept a back-to-back set against the Islanders following Friday’s victory. New York had won four straight versus Boston previously. The Bruins have a three-game win streak this week.
Jeremy Swayman turned aside all 25 shots he faced for his first NHL shutout. He is the ninth rookie goalie to earn a shutout this season.
The Bruins scored one goal in each period, with David Pastrnak providing the game winner in the opening frame with only three seconds left until intermission.
Mike Reilly, who was also recently acquired via trade from Ottawa, picked up his second assist in the last two games.
Ilya Sorokin blocked 25 of 27 shots in the loss.
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SAN JOSE 2 MINNESOTA 3
The Wild opened up the first half of a back-to-back situation against the Sharks with the team’s second consecutive win of the week. Minnesota’s three-game homestand continues with another meeting versus San Jose on Saturday.
Nick Bonino notched one goal and one assist in the match. He went 39 games this season without a multi-point performance and now he has two in the last two contests.
Tomas Hertl opened the scoring at the 3:32 mark of the first frame, but Bonino answered back for the Wild just before the midway point of the period.
Evander Kane’s 17th goal of the season made it interesting in the third when he scored shorthanded, but the Sharks were unable to get the equalizer.
Cam Talbot ended up making 20 saves on 22 shots to earn the victory. He has 14 wins in 24 games this year.
Martin Jones blocked 15 of 18 shots for his third straight loss.
Patrick Marleau played in his 1,766th NHL game. He is just one game away from tying Gordie Howe for the NHL record.
VEGAS 4 ANAHEIM 0
The Golden Knights won a fifth straight game on Friday. Vegas will look to complete a perfect four-game road trip on Sunday in another matchup versus the Ducks.
Vegas lit the lamp three times in the second period, while Robin Lehner shielded all 16 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season. He has won 10 of his 13 starts.
William Karlsson provided the game winner nine seconds into the second stanza.
Chandler Stephenson tallied one goal and one assist in the match.
John Gibson was the much busier of the two netminders with 47 saves on 51 shots, but he was saddled with the loss.